What a crazy few days.
This is a time unlike any other in our nation’s history. The United States may be on the verge of cancelling all athletic events. Indefinitely.
This is a stunning turn of events as we are a country that has always turned to sports to get us through our toughest times and to help us heal from our worst tragedies.
Think 9/11. I still get chills watching President George W. Bush throw that World Series first pitch between the Yankees and Mets just days after the attacks. It was a perfect strike. A clear sign better days were ahead.
Baseball eased our collective minds in World War II.
And after the Boston Marathon bombing, David Ortiz grabbed the microphone a Fenway park, on Live TV and radio and declared “This is our f’ing city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom.”
But now is different. This horrible enemy is not a person. We are being forced into an end of game kneel down position by a virus we don’t even begin to understand. And until we do, most sports have been benched.
The NCAA basketball tournament will most likely not be played. The NBA and NHL and Major League Baseball are suspended indefinitely.
Locally UMaine hockey fans who have waited eight long years for the program to rebuild enough to host a home playoff series, which has now been cancelled.
Same with the UMaine women who will no get to play for a conference championship
Some colleges and leagues are suspending or cancelling all spring sports leaving athletes who have trained year in unable to participate.
The implications will be remembered forever. Sports records and stats for 2020 will forever have an asterisk.
Of course the real point of professional sports especially in our country is to provide an entertainment product for fans. And at this moment in time it is no longer safe for fans to watch games in person.
The health concerns of our friends, family, communities and nation take a clear priority.
If not playing any games of any kind for the foreseeable future saves even one life, and lessens the economic impact of what could be a long battle with this awful virus, then I say don’t let the games begin. This is how it needs to be for the greater good.
Because at the end of the day we are all on the same team.